Although I've mostly been showing off my quilt progress, lately, I have been steadily knitting on one project or another. While I had Cashmere Affection on the needles, it was almost exclusively on that, since it is such a fun and easy and lovely project (and since the yarn I was using was so luxurious and breathtaking.)
It only took me about two and a half weeks to knit the whole thing up, and I really enjoyed it. It was a bit fussy for a while, when I had three strands of yarn hanging off it, but even that wasn't enough to annoy me. While I was knitting, I thought there was no way it was going to end up as huge as some of them I've seen on Ravelry, since it didn't seem that squished up on my needles. Even when I bound it off and had it off the needles, it didn't seem so big. Once I wet blocked it, however... wow. I tried to lay it on my bed to block, but had a foot or two of length hanging off both the head and foot end of my bed. I had to lay it out on my living room floor, and even then it barely squeaked into the space I had. This thing is huge! I had expected it to have a bit more depth, but it's quite narrow. I could have stretched out the garter stitch to give it more depth, but that takes away from the squishy-factor of the garter stitch, which I'd rather not do. If I knit it again, I'll probably make some alterations to add some more depth to it, especially since there is lots of spare yarn to work with.
The colours I chose are pretty bold and perhaps even clashing - in some lights the Royal Flush looks more red than fuchsia, and the whole thing takes on a bit more of a Moulin Rouge feeling. In other lights it's a bright wild pink and the shawl feels more like a wild bouquet. In any case, it's super snuggly: garter stitch in the softest cashmere/wool blend is definitely a recipe for success.
3 days ago